A.P. SANTHANARAJ  (1932 - 2009)

Early Abstract Painter of South India

A formidable artist of the South Indian art movement, the Late Professor A.P. Santhanaraj has influenced major artists as one of the key practitioners of abstract-figuration in Madras after Independence.

 

THE ART OF A.P. SANTHANARAJ

Manuelpillai Fine Arts are proud to present a series of works by the Late Professor A.P. Santhanaraj, a prominent figure in the Madras School Movement after Indian Independence.

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'Raja Rishi' (2007) by A.P. Santhanaraj, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 40 inches unframed, SANT0012

Love-making is a governing artistic interest of Santhanaraj. Often as in here, this is because intertwined bodies create angles, shapes, negative space and formal relationships that intrigue the artist. Here the artist depicts a King and his courtesan or queen in the throes of rapture.